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Artspark #147

Write from the point of view of a life-class model who is being distracted from keeping her/his pose by...what?

Well, this isn't as bad as I thought - the room's quite warm, so not too many goose pimples.  And I barely blushed as I slipped the robe off.  Most of the people in the painting class are women, which helps, and they're all shapes and sizes, so I'm sure they won't be laughing at my cellulite.

Take up my pose - careful, don't want to get myself into a posture I can't hold.  If I sit like this, with my legs here and my right arm there, I should be able to keep that pose for ages.  And it hides my boobs a bit from the earnest looking young man on my right.  I'm sure he's very nice, but still...

The woman with the curly brown hair is painting really fast - she's just slapping that paint on.  She seems to be enjoying it, anyway.  Not like the tall woman with the blue rinse - she looks as if she's in pain, scrunching up her forehead and biting her lip.  Hey, I know I'm no supermodel, lady, but it's not that bad...

What is that tickling my foot?  Is there a loose thread on the cloth they've draped on this chair?  How annoying!  I wish I could move it just a little bit.  Maybe if I move very slowly no-one will notice I've changed position a smidgen...

Oh.

It isn't a loose thread, is it?  It's moving.  Those are little legs.  Little spidery legs.

At least, I hope they're spidery legs.  Because if they're not...

It's moving up my leg.  I wish I could turn my head.

I think...I think I'm going to scream...


....

Well, at least Mrs BrownCurlyHair got something out of the class - her Naked Middle-Aged Woman Screaming turned out a treat.


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skyring
Sep. 20th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
LOL!

Actually, a typical life class session will have the model doing a lot of short poses (sometimes of only a minute or so) to begin with and get the students limbered up. Longer poses come later on - it takes the model a while to get comfortable in the environment as well.

I'm told that it feels strange to have a whole bunch of people scrutinising your nude form, but the reality is, from the artist side of the easel, that there's just no time for perving. I have to concentrate really hard to get the angles and shapes down, let alone try to put any artistic merit into it. If I'm frowning, it's not at the model, it's because I'm trying to get the hands or feet right.
kairon13
Sep. 20th, 2006 10:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the technical info :)

(I'd have researched a little for anything serious, I hasten to add!)
skyring
Sep. 20th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah. Sometimes research gets in the way of writing!

I found life drawing fascinating. I was amazed that I was able to produce recognisable drawings of people after decades of thinking I had no talent at all. It gave me a lot of insight into art, and now whenever I visit a new city, a priority is touring the galleries.

I loved my Wednesday night sessions - each day I'd be counting down the hours and I'd be in a fever of anticipation as I drove into the car park. and then afterwards i couldn't get home quickly enough to show Kerri what I'd done!
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